Month: April 2015

8th Grade Band Carowind’s Info

As you know we are just about to get set to go on our trip.  Here is a rundown of information you might have questions about.


Friday May 8

  • 9:30am – Meet in the cafeteria prior to loading. (Students will be expected to attend school until 9:30am, failure to do so will result in an absence.)
  • 10:00am—Load buses with luggage and equipment.
  • 10:30pm—Depart for Charlotte. Meal stop enroute.
  • 4:00pm—Arrive hotel. Check in and get settled in rooms.
  • 5:15pm—Load buses and travel to CiCi’a Pizza buffet for dinner.
  • 6:45pm—Load buses and travel to Adventure Landing Fun Center for unlimited activities and games.
  • 10:00pm—Load buses and return to hotel for the night.
  • 11:00pm—Room check and in rooms for the night.

Saturday May 9

  • 7:00am—Wake up call by chaperones.
  • 8:00am—Breakfast buffet at hotel.
  • 9:00am—Check out of rooms and load bus with luggage and equipment.
  • 9:15am—Travel to Carowinds park.
  • 9:45am—Arrive Carowinds park. Director checks in at festival registration tent.  Enjoy rides for morning.
  • 3:30pm—Meet at designated area. Walk back to buses to prepare for performance.
  • 4:05pm—Warm up time.
  • 4:30pm—Performance time.
  • 4:35pm—After performance return to buses to put up instruments.
  • 5:15pm—Return to park to enjoy rides for the remainder of the day.
  • 8:00pm—Park closes. Meet at designated area and return to buses in bus parking lot.
  • 8:30pm—Depart for home.

Sunday May 10

  • 1:30am—Arrive school. Unload luggage and head for home.

The Doubletree Hotel                                Carowinds Theme Park

2600 Yorkmont Road                                14523 Carowinds Blvd

Charlotte, NC 28208                                  Charlotte, NC 28273

(704) 357-9100

 What to Pack

CJHS Band Polo:  For our uniform during performance we will wear our CJHS band Polo and shorts.  Students may wear their sandals or tennis shoes that they are wearing for the park that day.

  • Clothes for Two days, including cold weather or rainy weather clothes.
  • Toiletries
  • Spending Money $40 – $50
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal Electronics are permitted, but we are not responsible for lost or stolen items.



  • Students will not be allowed any energy drinks at any time. (Redbull, Monster, etc…)
  • Large amounts of candy and soft drinks for the bus, or hotel.  We will have plenty of food to eat, and drink.
  • Students will not be allowed to bring their console gaming systems (Wii, Xbox, PS4, etc..)


Thankyou and Reminder

Hello all,

Thankyou for an excellent band and chorus awards night event yesterday. We certainly hope everyone had fun. Thank you to all the parent chaperones who came to help out. 

Just a friendly reminder to all 8th grade band members about tomorrow’s performance at Tabernacle Baptist Church. Arrival time is 5:45pm in the main sanctuary. Uniform is something nice similar to what you wore to band and chorus awards night, CJHS band uniform is not required. 

This performance is mandatory of all 8th grade band members even if you are not recieving an award. We need everyone there to sound our best. We should be done by 6:50pm. All parents are welcome to stay and listen. 

Thanks all. 

Things Look Good

The weather looks alright and the forecast for the future seems to be favorable. We will most likely see some rain during the middle of the event tonight but should hopefully trail off by 9pm. Still bring an umbrella just in case. 

I look forward to seeing all registered students, guests and parent chaperones who have signed up tonight.

Mr. Huls

8th Grade Awards Night at Tabernacle Church Performance

CJHS Awards Banquet Performance at Tabernacle Baptist Church

NEXT Monday April 27th, 2015

This is a very important and mandatory performance for all 8th grade band students.  We will be performing for our entire community of parents as well as many school board members and our superintendent.  Please do not miss this performance, it means a lot.

UNIFORM:  Students will not be required to wear their band uniform; boys should dress in a shirt and tie, and black or khaki pants and dress shoes.  Girls should dress in something formal, or something you would wear to church.

5:45pm:  Arrive at Tabernacle Baptist Church and get setup.  Low brass and school owned instruments will be on the band trailer at the back entrance of the church.

6:00pm:  Warmup and Tune on stage

6:30pm:  Perform as the opening act of the CJHS Awards Banquet.

6:50pm:  Finish and case instruments.  Students receiving awards from the school will go to get lined up, all others are dismissed with parents.

Summer Camps

Dear all,

As summer approaches, we would like to encourage your students to look at some options for summer band opportunities. Below are a few camps that are recommended by us and the surrounding community.

Sounds of Summer Music Camp:

University of Georgia Music Camp:

Music Camps listed on the Georgia Music Educators Association website:

Summer camps are opportunities for students to continue growing on their applied instrument as well as learn from professionals in our field, meet new friends, and perform music that they may not be able to perform anywhere else. It is a great way to keep your student encouraged and busy in such an enriching activity! If you look through these websites and have any additional questions, feel free to contact us. We would love to continue the strong tradition of high participation in summer music camps in the Carrollton band programs.

We highly encourage that you consider enrolling your student in a summer camp this summer!

8th Grade Percussion Parents

Percussionists will not be auditioning tomorrow. However if you could come to the meeting at 6pm that would be fantastic. That way everyone has all the info for next year. 

Mr. Robichaux is holding his audition rehearsals on April 28, May 5, 7 and then auditions May 11-15 all rehearsals take place from 3-5:30pm at the HS band room. 

Their is a lot of extra new stuff to teach when it comes to Drumline and the front ensemble. Mr. Robichaux likes to give the kids time to Ty out everything before they zero in on a specific instrument. 

Thanks all. 

High School Band Auditions and Parent Meeting Tomorrow

Hello 8th grade band parents,

I thought I would remind you all about tomorrow’s audition for all 8th grade students moving on to the high school. 

Nothing looks better than a 4 year commitment to a high school band program on a transcript. Even if you did not sign up for the band classes, or you are on the fence about enrolling your child, you can still audition and we can get their schedule changed immediately. Please make sure to audition tomorrow. 

The audition will take place after school for all Junior High and High School students. Following the audition process there is a meeting at 6pm. 

The parent meeting at 6pm is very important so please plan on attending. 

We look forward to seeing you all there tomorrow night. 

Joe Huls

Band and Chorus Awards Night Volunteer Info

Hello 7th and 8th grade band parents,

In order to run a fun and safe event next Saturday I will need several parents to volunteer.  Please check one of these areas in which you can help on your child’s form before they turn it in.

Parent Volunteer Choice

Job Description                                                                      Number Needed

____  Decorating / Set Up  (Friday Apr. 24th at 3pm)                                         4

____  Snack Table Attendant (6 – 7:30pm)                                                        2

____  Snack Table Attendant  (7:30 – 9pm)                                                       2

____  Registration Table  (6 – 7:30pm)                                                              2

____  Registration Table  (7:30 – 9pm)                                                              2

____  Coat Check Table  (6 – 7:30pm)                                                               2

____  Coat Check Table  (7:30 – 9pm)                                                               2

____  Photography Assistant  (6 – 7:30pm)                                                        1

____  Dance Floor Monitor / Floater  (6 – 7:30pm)                                             8

____  Dance Floor Monitor / Floater  (7:30 – 9pm)                                             8

____  Parking Lot Monitor  (8 – 9:30pm)                                                             2

____  Clean Up (9 – 9:30pm)                                                                               8

Thank you for considering a volunteer position.  We will need as many eyes in the room as we can get next Saturday night.

Joe Huls

Band and Chorus Awards Night Info

Band and Chorus Awards Night Information (7th and 8th graders only)

Dear Band and Chorus Parents,

Coming up in April we will be having our annual Band and Chorus Awards Night.  For the parents of 7th graders this is a new event for you and we would like to let you know about the nights activities, and how you can get involved to make it another great chapter in this traditions history.

Here are all the details:

  • What: Band and Chorus Awards Night
  • When: Saturday April 25th from 6 – 9pm
  • Who: 7th and 8th Grade band and chorus members. They will be allowed to invite a 7th or 8th grade friend from CJHS only.      (We will not be allowing 6th graders or 9th graders)
  • Where: The CJHS cafeteria.

6pm – 7pm –  We will offer pictures with a professional photographer for students and their friends.

7pm – 8pm –  There will be food and drinks in the cafeteria, and we will hand out awards for chorus and band.  Parents are all welcome to attend and enjoy the food.

6pm – 9pm –  We will have a DJ playing music so the kids can dance and have fun.  Parents may choose to have their students involved in this part, if not then we should be done with awards by 8pm and you may leave.

Price:  $5 per person ($10 total for a couple)

Food:  Students will sign up for one item to bring, this will be a 2 liter of soda, salty snack, sweet snack, dessert, punch, cookies etc….

Volunteers:  We will need a lot of volunteers to make this event run properly, and to max out our supervision.  Also we would like to see a lot parents their just in case their child wins an award.  Attached to the letter will be a volunteer form where you can check the area in which you would like to help out.  Please fill it out and return it with your child.

Please Read:  Your child may choose to dress up for the evening.  We would like to see the students to look nice, but more casual.  A prom dress and tuxedo will not be needed, and certainly a limo will also not be needed.  We would like each student to feel comfortable at the event and we do not need to have students feel bad about being under or over dressed.

IMPORTANT:  Please fill out the volunteer and registration form if you would like your child to attend and return it with $5 ($10 for a couple) cash or a check made out to CJHS Band.  This form needs to be returned by Tuesday April 21st, students will not be allowed to enter without this signed form from their parents, and the parents of the person they are bringing.

We will need a lot of parents involved to make this a special night so please look carefully into helping.  Thank you again for all your support.

Joe Huls                                                                               Dawn Marie Schafer

CJHS Band Director                                                          CJHS Chorus Director